More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.1,2
2.5 billion people - or 1 in 3 - lack access to improved sanitation; 1 billion still practice open defecation.1
Improved sanitation facilities are estimated to result in an average reduction in cases of diarrhea by approximately 28%.3
Washing hands with soap has been found to reduce diarrhea by approximately 23%. 3
Only 64% of the world's population has access to improved sanitation - defined as a sanitation facility that ensures hygienic separation of human excreta from human contact. 1
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- World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2014). Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2014 Update.
- International Telecommunication Union (ITU). (2013). The World in 2013 ICT Facts and Figures.
- Tropical Medicine and International Health. 19, no. 8 (2014): 894 - 905. Burden of disease from inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene in low- and middle-income settings: a retrospective analysis of data from 145 countries.